Festool - Rotex Dual Mode Sander RO 125, 5" Diameter with T-LOC
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- 500 Watt/4.3 amp motor
- 5” Dia Pad (125mm)
- Eccentric Speed: 3,000 – 6,000 opm; Rotary Speed: 300-600 rpm
- Sanding Stroke: 9/64”
- 4.4 lbs.
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Good Sander, BUT definitely go with the 150
Like all the sanders in the Rotex lineup, it's incredible. Very powerful, well made, and in combination with a vac can truly be a game changer. HOWEVER, I have found 2 extremely good reasons to just go all out and get the 150 instead. 1. The dust collection on the 125 is only about half as good as the 150. Something that is hard to glean and that I don't see Festool really mentioning upfront is that the hole pattern on the 125 is different (read "less") than the 150, but the 125 is nearly as powerful. This definitely creates an issue with dust collection! The sander is so powerful that it tends to remove more material than can adequately be collected with the hole pattern found on the 125 and pads clog up after literally 10 seconds sometimes. This is not an issue at all with the 150. 2. The 150 is much easier to handle and more stable. Again, this is a power issue. To pack the same or close to same amount of power found in the 6" pad found on the150 into the 5" pad found the 125 creates stability issues. There are many folks that have noticed and had this problem which you can read about in many forums. After having had my 125 for a period of about 3 months, I noticed there was a sort of "break in" period and after that it got a bit easier to handle but it still definitely required a lot of attention, proper body stance, and focus to control it. There were a few times shortly after I got it that when sanding it would rock back and forth uncontrollably and shoot away from me! I sent it in to Festool for repair thinking there was clearly an issue and something was wrong. Festool replaced the bearings and internals and sent it back, but no change in performance. The rep from Festool even admitted that the 125 is the hardest out of the Rotex line to control. Not great if you're using this sander for furniture or any detailed work. In summary, just pony up the extra $100 for the 150 to experience the full benefits of the Rotex line (perfect dust collection and increased stability). You'll be glad you did!
This is an incredible sander. It can be aggressive in removing material or it can perform fined sanding. Dust collection is awesome! On the negative I wish it had a additional handle similar to the 150 for aggressive sanding and sometimes when you have the sander running your hand tends to hit the off on switch and turn the sander off. Overall it is the best sander I have ever used. Once Again Festool Rules!